EU: Amazon must pay back €250 million in unfair tax benefits

The European Commission says that Amazon received tax benefits from member country Luxembourg that totalled around €250 million. Under EU State aid rules, this is illegal and the country has been told it must recover this sum. Amazon was able to…

Google files to appeal $2.73BN EU antitrust fine

 Google has filed a legal appeal against a record-breaking fine handed down by the European Commission this summer for anti-competitive behavior relating to the operation of its product search comparison service, currently called Google Shopping. Read More

No straight answer on encryption from Europe’s incoming digital chief

 Mariya Gabriel, the EC’s commissioner-designate for the digital economy and society brief, was asked for a clear position on encryption during a Q&A session in the European Parliament today. Yet, once again, no straight answer was forthcoming.  Read More

Social media giants making progress on illegal hate speech takedowns: EC

 The European Commission is trumpeting what it dubs “significant progress” on hate speech takedowns by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft vs their performance six months prior. Though it also cautions some challenges remain.  Read More

EU: Social networks are getting better at reviewing hate speech

Calls for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft to get better at removing hate speech on their networks have partly been acted upon, the European Commission confirmed today. Officials noted that in the last six months, Facebook did a better job th…

Facebook fined €110 million for misleading EU over WhatsApp takeover

After months of deliberation, the European Commission has ruled that Facebook intentionally mislead officials over its ability to utilize data following its acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014. As a result, the social network has been fined €110 mil…

ASUS is being investigated for price manipulation in Europe

In one of several antitrust investigations launched today, the European Commission has begun probing tech brands ASUS, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer for suspected price manipulation. As the press release explains, the Commission believes t…

EU probing Valve and five publishers for geo-blocking games

The legislative body of the European Union is launching an antitrust investigation into regional pricing and geo-blocking practices on Valve's Steam store. In a statement, the European Commission says it's investigating "bilateral agreements" between…